Standards which, sadly, have declined in the last 20 years.
Now what bugs me is when I'm at Denny's on Katella and I see a costumed Disney cast member. When FastTrack first started it was made clear that cast members should go straight home if they were in costume. If they were not going straight home they were to change out of costume. There were even rumors of managers roaming popular CM hangouts. Even when I was eligible for FastTrack I used it maybe two or three times because it never felt right to me to be seen in costume outside of work.
i just wanted to clarify that i didn't think there was anything wrong with the castmember being in front of the gumbo shop or that she was drinking a soda, i was really just curious if there were any rules against it at any point since i couldn't recall ever seeing a castmember out of place before.
i think if you need to drink at work, you should be able to, but it would be super cool if they drank out of something in theme, but only for the mere fact that i like cool details like that. i also think it's weird to see a cast member in an area that doesn't match their costume, but i don't think it would be as off-putting as seeing them at in n out in costume or something; i think there should be rules against that.
I would have to concur that allowing the costumes out from behind the berm was not a good decision. I remember being a kid and not having the full experience of the magic that was Disneyland until you got through the gates. Then it all came to life.
When I was a CM we were always instructed never to linger in an area out of costume or go to a different land unless we had to. You'd get called out on it if you did.
I don't think that would matter all that much nowadays though considering they let the costumes out of the park. It would seem kind of weird for supervision to get on a Tomorrowland costumed CM in Fantasyland when you see a mish mash of costumes outside he park, in the real world, before you even get into the parks. The experience has already been spoiled. My opinion.
Having the water bottle filled with anything but water, or being seen buying or drinking from a restaurant cup onstage, would definitely get a CM in trouble at WDW.
At the DLR it's been acceptable for many years for CMs to drink from the same cups that are used at the counter-service restaurants. I personally think that it's bad show to drink from any other types of non-Disney branded cups or soda cans but that's just my opinion.
I don't see any issue with a Haunted Mansion CM walking about New Orleans Square. Is the Mansion not a recreation of a Greek revival style plantation Mansion seen all over the south? I would have an issue if this CM was grabbing a slice of pizza from the Pizza Port in Tomorrowland. I think it's OK if a CM is still in their assigned themed land, so this is not a real big theme breaker to me really. I believe if you spend more time looking for faults than you do enjoying yourself, the magic has been lost to you anyways. It's Disneyland, have fun! It's not like you are out in front of the Haunted Mansion and there is a giant Alligator playing a trumpet or something right? Oh wait a minute....
I am amazed people have an issue with CMs drinking at work. They provide a great service in hot weather often they should remain hydrated in order to be alert when operating rides. That is really just basic safety. You would all be the first to call out if an unwell CM made a mistake on a ride and caused an accident.
Was the Mansion hostess actively drinking from the Styrofoam cup as she walked by you? Or was she just holding it in her hand? You aren't allowed to drink while Onstage, but you can certainly carry a cup of water from one place to another. As for CM's not drinking while Onstage, it's just common professionalism, in addition to part of the "Show" of Disneyland. There are plenty of breaks during the day, including assigned 5 minute extra "water breaks", to keep CM's from dehydrating.
Its my understanding that Disney does not pay its cast members for the extra time it takes for them to go checl out their costumes and change into it, amd then back out for every shift. It takes alot of time I assume. Now of they paid the cast members for the extra time it would take out of their lives, then by all means they should not be allowed to wear their costumes outside
Today I saw 2 CMs from Carsland walking through Fantasyland. They were so out of place that I almost asked them to get backstage.